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The Church in this Diocese accedes to and adopts the Con- 
stitution of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United 
States of America, as set forth in General Convention thereof, 
and acknowledges its authority accordingly. 


Section 1. There shall be an Annual Convention of the 
Church in this Diocese, at such time and place as may be de- 
termined by the next preceding Convention, or, in the event 
of no such determination, on the last Wednesday in May, at 
such place as may be agreed upon by the Bishop and Stand- 
ing Committee. 

Sec. 2. But the time or place of such meeting may be 
changed, or special Conventions called, by the Ecclesiastical 
Authority of the Diocese, subject, nevertheless, to such canon- 
cal provisions as may hereafter be made. 

Sec. 3. Provided that no special Convention shall be called 
without at least sixty days' notice, which notice shall be pub- 
lished for at least one month in three different newspapers of 
the State, and shall specify the business and purpose for which 
said special Convention is to be called, and upon that alone it 
shall act. 


Sec. 1. The Convention shall be composed of the two orders, 
Clerical and Lay, 

Sec. 2. The Bishop of the Diocese, or, in his' absence, the 
Assistant Bishop, if there be one, or the Bishop in charge, as 
representing the Episcopal authority, shall, if present, preside 
at all meetings of the Convention. 

4 Constitution. 

Sec. 3. Every Clergyman of the Church, having been for 
twelve calendar months before any meeting of the Convention 
canonically connected with the Diocese, either as a Clergy- 
man or as a Candidate for Orders, shall be entitled to a seat 
and vote in the same. 

Sec. 4. Each regularly organized Parish in union with the 
Convention shall be entitled to be represented at its sessions 
by one or more delegates, not exceeding four, to be chosen by 
the vestry from among the male communicants of said Parish; 
provided, that in case there shall be no male communicant in 
said Parish, the Vestry shall have power to elect one or more 
delegates, qualified as above, from any other Parish or Parishes 
of the Diocese. And each Vestry shall be entitled to elect in 
addition four alternate delegates, subject to the same qualifi- 
cations, who shall be authorized, in the order of their election, 
to fill any vacancy that may occur in the delegation originally 
chosen : Provided, that no person, clerical or lay, under eccle- 
siastical censure, publicly declared by a competent tribunal, 
shall be admissible to a seat in the Convention : Provided 
further, that no person shall be allowed to represent more than 
one Parish in the same Convention. 

Sec. 5. If any Parish shall neglect or decline to appoint del- 
egates, or if any of those appointed shall neglect or be pre- 
vented from attending, such Parish shall nevertheless be 
bound by the acts of the Convention. 

Sec. 1. The Convention shall be the sole judge of the elec- 
tion of its own members. It shall have power to adopt rules 
of order for its own government^ elect officers and raise funds, 
and shall also have such other legislative powers as may be 
necessary and proper for the well-being of the Diocese. 

Sec. 2. The Convention shall have no power to pass any 
Canon infringing the Episcopal authority, or affecting the spir- 
itual condition of the Diocese, against the express dissent of 
the Bishop : Provided, that said dissent shall be expressed at 
that or the ensuing Annual Convention. 

Sec. 3. But this shall not prevent the Convention from of- 
fering, independently of the Bishop, resolutions of advice or in- 

Constitution. 5 

quiry, or from any proceedings necessary for the purposes of 


Sec. 1. To constitute a quorum for the purpose of ordinary 
business, the presence of one-third of all the Parochial Clergy, 
and of Delegates from ten of the Parishes entitled to repre- 
sentation in the Convention, shall be necessary. Any less 
number shall be competent to receive reports and to adjourn. 


Sec. 1. Upon any question before the Convention, when it 
may be required by any one clerical member, or by the dele- 
gation present of any one Parish, the two orders shall vote 
separately. And in all cases of a vote by orders, each clerical 
member shall be entitled to one vote, and each delegation shall 
also be entitled to one vote, and a concurrence of majorities of 
both orders shall be necessary to a decision. When no such 
division is called for, each member of the Convention shall be 
entitled to one vote. 

Sec. 2. All elections shall be by ballot, unless otherwise 
unanimously ordered. 


Sec. 1. The Convention shall annually elect a President, 
(who shall be a Presbyter of the Diocese) a Secretary and a 

Sec. 2. Should there at any time be no such election, then 
the officers last before elected shall hold over till such election 
shall be had. 

Sec. 3. Should the office of Secretary or that of Treasurer 
become vacant, by death or otherwise, at any time preceding 
the annual election, the Ecclesiastical Authority shall be em- 
powered to appoint some person to fill the vacancy till such 
time as an election shall be had, who shall be competent to all 
the powers and duties of the office as if regularly elected thereto. 

6 Constitution. 


Sec. 1. A Standing Committee or Council of Advice to the 
Bishop, of not less than five persons, shall be annually elected 
by the Convention. A majority of said Committee shall at 
all times be Clergymen of the Diocese, and no layman not a 
communicant shall be a member thereof. 

Sec. 2. The Committee shall have power to fill any vacan- 
cy that may occur in their own body between the Annual 
Meetings of the Convention. 

Sec. 3. When there is no Bishop, the Standing Committee 
shall be the Ecclesiastical Authority of the Diocese, and, as 
such, may invite the temporary services of other Bishops, and, 
for due cause, may change the time or place of the x^nnual 
Meetings of the Convention. They may also summon special 
Conventions when there is no Bishop, and shall do so upon 
the call of one-third of the Clergy of the Diocese, or one-third 
of the Parishes in union with the Convention, as appearing 
upon the lists of the Journal last before published. And 
although there be a Bishop, the Standing Committee shall 
have power to call special Conventions for the purpose of pro- 
ceedings relative to his impeachment, and shall do so upon a 
similar requisition by the Clergy or Laity. 


Sec. 1. Any ten or more adults may organize themselves 
into a Parish and be received into union with the Convention, 
by taking such steps as may be provided for by Canon. 

Sec. 2 Provided that it shall always be competent to the 
Ecclesiastical Authority of the Diocese, with the consent of 
the Rector of any Parish, to establish within the limits of said 
Parish independent Missionary congregations, whose Pastors 
shall be independent of the Rector and responsible only to 
the Ecclesiastical Authority aforesaid. 

Sec. 3. In all Parochial elections none shall be entitled to 
vote but males of the age of twenty-one years, members of the 
Parish, who shall have subscribed a declaration in the follow- 
ing words, viz : 

Constitution. 7 

We, the undersigned do hereby consent to be governed by 
the Constitution and Canons of the Church, as set forth in 
General Convention, and by the Constitution and Canons of 
the Church in this Diocese : Provided, that this section shall 
not be taken to infringe upon the existing customs of any 
already organized Parish. 

Sec. 4. Any Parish ceasing to be represented in the Con- 
vention for two successive years, or any Parish resisting the 
authority of the Convention, may be suspended from the right 
of representation, or its connection with the Convention be 
dissolved, by a vote of a majority of all the Parochial Clergy, 
and a majorit}' of Delegates from at least twenty Parishes. 
But such suspension or dissolution shall never take place with- 
out previous inquiry by a Committee appointed for the pur- 
pose and a report upon the facts of the case ; nor until after 
30 days' notice to the Rector or Vestry, or in case there be 
none, then to some member of the Parish in default. 


Sec. 1. Any Presbyter regularly called to the charge of a 
Parish and entering thereupon, shall during the time of such 
charge, be held to be the Rector of said Parish. 

Sec. 2. The Rector is recognized as having, by virtue of his 
office, the exclusive regulation, under his canonical superiors, 
of all the spiritual concerns of the Parish ; as being entitled 
at all times to have access to the Church building, and to open 
the same for the service or instruction of this Church, as he 
may d«em proper ; to call meetings of the Yestry or congre- 
gation ; when present, to preside in the same, and, in case of 
a tie, to give the casting vote. 


The Convention shall pass Canons for the trial of Clergy- 
men. * 

Sec. 1. When a Bishop or Assistant Bishop is to be elected, 
the Convention shall always vote by distinct Orders on this 

8 Constitution. 

wise : The Clergy, by a majority of all in the Diocese entitled 
to seats in the Convention, shall make a nomination by ballot 
for the office ; and then a concurrence by ballot of a majority 
of the Delegates from at least twenty parishes in union with 
the Convention (the said delegates voting by Parishes), shall 
be necessary to complete the election. 

Sec. 2. In the election of a Bishop, or upon any question 
touching the same, no Clergyman who shall have become 
canonically connected with the Diocese during the vacancy 
in the Episcopate, and no Parish which shall have heen re- 
ceived into union with the Convention during such vacancy, 
shall be permitted to vote. 


No new Canon shall be passed, nor shall any existing Canon 
be amended, upon the day upon which said new Canon or 
amendment may be proposed, without unanimous consent. 
Nor, without a similar consent, shall the question upon such 
Canon or amendment be finally put without previous reference 
to a committee. 


Sec. 1. This Constitution shall not be altered or amended 
without — 

First. A concurrent vote of a majority of both orders, pres- 
ent at one Annual Convention proposing said alteration ; 

Second. The adoption of the proposed alteration or amend- 
ment, at the next ensuing Annual Convention, by a majority 
of all the Clergy present, and a majority of the Delegates from 
at least twenty Parishes entitled to seats in said Convention, 
the said delegates voting by Parishes. 

Sec 2. Provided that the consideration of the proposed 
amendment may always be postponed to the next Annual 
Convention, by a vote of two- thirds of both orders present. 


This Constitution shall go into effect from and after the ad- 
journment of this Convention. 


CANON I. — Change of Time or Place of Meeting of Con- 

Whenever the prevalence of an epidemic, or contagious dis- 
ease, or other sufficient cause, shall render it necessary, the 
Ecclesiastical Authority of the Diocese may change the place 
and time of meeting of the Diocesan Convention. 

CANON II. — List of Members of Convention. 

Section 1. — Clergy. — It shall be the duty of the Secretary, 
before the opening of the Annual Convention, to apply to the 
Ecclesiastical Authority for a correct list of the Clergy entitled 
to seats. Such list shall be prima facie evidence of said title, 
and from it the Secretary shall prepare the Roll for the pur- 
pose of organization. 

Sec. 2. — Laity. — The Secretaries of the several Parish Yes- 
tries, electing Lay Delegates to the Convention, shall furnish 
three certificates of said election, whereof one shall be handed 
to the Delegates elect, one shall be forwarded to the Secretary 
of the Convention, and one to the Minister of the Parish where 
the Convention is to be held — the latter two to be mailed at 
least two weeks before the time appointed for the opening of 
the session. From these certificates the Secretary shall pre- 
pare a list of Lay Delegates, to be called at the opening of 
the Convention ; nor shall he insert any name upon the Roll 
without the evidence of one of said certificates, unless specially 
directed to do so by the Convention. Defective or doubtful 
certificates shall be laid aside, to be acted upon after the Con- 
vention shall have organized. 

CANON" III.— Services. 
At the opening of the Convention Divine Service shall be 

10 Canons. 

celebrated and the Holy Communion administered, and a ser- 
mon shall be preached by some Clergyman appointed for the 
purpose by the Ecclesiastical Authority. 

CANON IV.— Rules of Order. 

The Convention shall adopt Rules of Order, which shall 
continue in force till altered. 

CANON Y.— President. 

i The President shall preside at all meetings of the Conven- 
tion, in the absence of a Bishop competent to do so, according 
to the provisions of the Constitution. 

CANON VI.— Secretary. 

The Secretary shall issue the prescribed notices of the An- 
nual Meetings of the Convention, and in case of special meet- 
ings of the same, or of a change in the time or place of the 
regular meeting, shall, under the direction of the Ecclesiasti- 
cal Authority, issue notices thereof. He shall prepare the 
canonical lists of the Clergy and Lay Delegates entitled to 
seats therein. In the absence of both Bishop and President 
he shall call the Convention to order for the purpose of organ- 
ization. He shall keep a record of its proceedings, under its 
direction; shall prepare and issue its journals; and shall pre- 
serve, and have ready for reference, all papers belonging to 
the same, not specially given into other hands ; and shall also 
be the Registrar of the Diocese. The Treasurer is hereby di- 
rected to pay out of the funds of the Diocese, on the written 
application of the Secretary, the expenses necessarily incurred 
by the latter, from time to time, in discharging the duties pre- 
scribed by this Canon. 

CANON VII.— Treasurer. 

The Treasurer shall have custody of all funds or moneys 
belonging to the Diocese ; shall, under the direction of the 
Convention, receive, invest and disburse the same, and shall 
keep and return an account thereof to each annual meeting ; 

Canons. 1 1 

and shall also report annually a complete list of all Securities 
belonging to the Diocese. 

CANON VIII.— Committees. 

Section 1. — In addition to the Standing Committee of the 
Diocese, as provided for by the Constitution, the following- 
permanent Committees shall be annually elected, who shall 
remain in office till the appointment of their successors, viz : 
An Executive Missionary Committee, to consist of five; an 
Education Committee, to consist of three ; and a Church 
Building Committee, to consist of five, besides the Bishop, 
who shall be ex officio member and Chairman of said Com- 
mittees ; also a Committee on Canons, to consist of three 
clergymen and two laymen ; and a Committee on Finance, to 
consist of two clergymen and three laymen, to be annually 
appointed by the Bishop, or, in his absence, by the President 
of the Convention, and who shall remain in office till the 
appointment of their successors. 

Sec. 2. — Standing Committee. — The Standing Committee 
shall elect a President and Secretary from their own body. 
They shall assemble upon the call of their President, when- 
ever he may deem it necessary. He shall also summon them 
whenever required to do so by the Bishop, or by any three 
members of the Committee. In the event of a vacancy in the 
Episcopate, the President shall call a meeting within thirty 
days after knowledge of the fact. The Standing Committee 
shall hold meetings for the transaction of business at each Con- 
vention, and shall report to the annual meetings of the Con- 
vention the transactions of the preceding year. A record of 
all their official acts shall be kept by their Secretary, which 
shall always be open to the inspection of the Bishop and of 
the Convention. 

Sec. 3. — Executive Missionary Committee. — The Execu- 
tive Missionary Committee shall have in charge the Mission- 
ary funds of the Diocese, for which they shall be empowered 
to draw upon its Treasurer — the order of their Chairman 
being the Treasurer's warrant. They shall receive applica- 

12 Canons. 

tions for aid ; they shall report annually to the Convention 
their transactions during the previous year, and the condition 
of the Missioary field, and shall make such recommendations 
for the future as may seem to them good. Under the direc- 
tion of the Bishop — if there be one — they shall select the Mis- 
sionaries or Missionary Stations to be aided, and in the absence 
of specific directions by the Convention, shall make such 
appropriations to the same* as may seem to them suitable. 
With the consent of the Bishop, they may appropriate moneys 
to Convocations instead of individuals ; and may leave to these 
Convocations, under the direction of the Bishop, the selection 
of Missionaries or Missionary Stations to be aided. 

Sec. 4. — Education Committee. — The Education Committee 
shall have charge of the Education fund of the Diocese, with 
power, in the absence of express provisions to the contrary, to 
invest or appropriate the same as may seem to them best. 
They shall be empowered to draw upon the Treasurer of the 
Diocese for all such funds in his hands, and the order of their 
Chairman shall be his warrant. They shall receive, consider 
and act upon all applications for aid in behalf of young men 
desirous to enter the Ministry of the Church. They are 
hereby directed to seek out such cases, and, if need be, brin? 
them to the notice of the Church, in any way that may seem 
best. They shall report annually to the Convention their 
transactions of the preceding year, and the condition of the 
fund under their control, and shall make such recommenda- 
tions for the future as may seem to them good. 

Sec. 5. — Church Building Committee. — The Church Build- 
ing Committee shall have charge of all funds contributed in 
the Diocese for the purpose of aiding feeble congregations 
within the Diocese in building or repairing Churches, with 
power to invest or appropriate the same as may seem to them 
best : Provided^ that there shall be no appropriation of the 
funds of this Committee towards any building not secured to 
the sole use of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the Diocese 
of North Carolina. The Committee shall be empowered to 
draw upon the Treasurer of the Diocese for such funds as he 

Canons. 13 

may have received for Church Building ; and the order of 
their Chairman shall be his warrant. They shall report an- 
nually to the Convention their transactions of the preceding 
year, and the condition of the fund under their control ; and 
shall make such recommendations for the future as may seem 
to them good. 

CANON IX.— Relief Fund. 

The contributions to the Relief Fund shall be distributed 
under the direction of the Bishop. 

CANON X. — Committee on the State of the Church. 

It shall be the duty of the Committee on the State of the 
Church, from such materials as may be placed before them, to 
report to the Convention, at some time during its session, the 
condition of the Diocese, with such particular statements, or 
such recommendations, as may seem to them desirable. 

CANON XL — Committee on Finance. 


The Committee on Finance shall audit the Treasurer's ac- 
counts. They shall have power to report a scale of assess- 
ments for the purpose of raising funds required for Diocesan 
purposes ; they may receive applications for the alteration of 
the said scale, and shall report thereon to Convention. They 
shall report to each Convention the general condition of the 
several funds of the Diocese, with such deficits in the assess- 
ments as may be discoverable. They may make such recom- 
mendations as may seem to them desirable, and shall act upon 
all other matters relative to Diocesan property committed to 
them by the Convention. 

CANON XII. — Deputies to the General Convention. 

At each Annual Convention there may, and at each Annual 
Convention immediately preceding the triennial session of the 
General Convention there shall, be elected four Clerical and 
four Lay Deputies to the said General Convention, who shall 
be, in accordance with Art. Ill of the Constitution of the 

14 fc Canons. 

General Convention, ' ; Communicants in this (church and 
residents in the Diocese." There may also be appointed four 
Alternate Clerical and four Alternate Lay Deputies, subject 
to the same provisions as the original Deputies above-mention- 
ed. The said Alternate Deputies shall succeed to vocancies 
in the original deputation — the Clergy in the order of official 
and the Laymen in that of personal seniority. And in this 
order the Secretary shall insert their names upon the journal. 
Deputies elect to the General Convention, finding themselves 
unable to attend, shall, four weeks at least before the time of 
meeting, give notice to the first Alternate of the same order. 
Should said Alternate be unable to attend, he shall give im- 
mediate notice to the next upon the list of the same order with 
himself. Should either of said Alternates receive two or more 
of such notices, he shall, according to the circumstances, trans- 
mit said notices to one or more of the Alternates who follow 
him, and in the order in which they stand. 

CANON XIII'. — Trustees of the Diocese. 

The Bishop, or, when there is no Bishop, the President of 
the Standing Committee, shall, ex-officio, with two Laymen to 
be elected by the Convention, constitute a Board of Trustees 
for the Church in this Diocese, and shall be authorized to hold 
the property of the Diocese not otherwise provided for ; they 
shall also from time to time give directions to the Treasurer 
in regard to the investment of the permanent and unappropri- 
ated funds of the Diocese in his hands. 

CANON XIY. —Organization or Parishes. 

In order to the organization of a new Parish, and its union 
with the Convention, it shall be necessary, 

First. To obtain the written consent of the Ecclesiastical 
Authority ; 

Second. If within the limits of some already existing Parish, 
to obtain and present to the Convention the written consent 
of the Rector of the Parish : Provided, that if the consent of 
the Minister aforesaid is denied or withheld, application may 

Canons. 15 

be made to the Ecclesiastical Authority of the Diocese for the 
establishment of such new Parish, of which application one 
month's previous notice shall be given to the Minister whose 
consent is so denied or withheld. The decision of the Ecclesi- 
astical Authority, if in favor of the application, shall be final ; 
but if otherwise, the case shall be reported to the Convention 
of the Diocese, with the reasons for withholding an assent, for 
the final action of that body ; 

Third. To assume a name and elect a Yestry ; 

Fourth. To subscribe and present to the Convention a cer- 
tificate in the following words, viz: "We, the undersigned, 
being adults, desirous to form ourselves into a Parish of the 
Protestant Episcopal Church in the Diocese of North Carolina, 
do certify that we consent to be governed by the Constitution 
and Canons of the Church, as set forth in the General Con- 
vention, and by the Constitution and Canons of the Church 
in this Diocese; that we have assumed the name of — — , and 

have elected the following persons Vestrymen : . 

In witness whereof, we have hereunto subscribed our names, 

this day of , in the year of our Lord ." For 

the purpose of recording said subscription, as also for the pur- 
pose of receiving the subscriptions of subsequent voters, pro- 
vided for by Art. IX, Sec. 3, of the Constitution, a book 
shall be kept in the "Vestry of each Church, and shall be pre- 
sent at the Parochial Elections. 

CANON XV.— Parochial Elections. 

Sec. 1. — Vestry. — Upon Easter Monday, unless some other 
day has been specified by the Vestry, each Parish shall elect 
annually, from among the baptized members of the Parish in 
good standing, a Vestry of not less than three, nor more than 
twelve persons. But in the event, at any time, of an omission 
to elect, the Vestry last chosen shall hold over till another 
election shall be held. 

Sec. 2. — Wardens. — Each Vestry shall annually elect a 
Senior and a Junior Warden from among: their own number 

16 Canons. 

— the former upon nomination by the Rector. If there be no- 
Rector, the election shall proceed without said nomination. 

Sec. 3. — Duties of Wardens. — In the absence of the Rec- 
tor, the Wardens shall preside in all meetings of the Vestry 
or Congregation, in the order of their official seniority. As 
representatives of the Yestry, they shall (subject to its direc- 
tions and in consistency with the rights of the Pastor) have 
charge of the Church building, and shall see that it be kept 
from all secular uses, and from all uses inconsistent with the 
doctrines or discipline of the Protestant Episcopal Church ; 
and, so far as possible, in gcod repair, as becometh the House 
of God. They shall see that it be prepared for public worship, 
and that order be preserved during the same ; that suitable 
books be provided for the service, robes for the Yestry. and, 
when necessary, the elements for the Holy Communion. 

Sec. i. — Treasurer. — In the absence of any other appoint- 
ment, the Junior Warden shall act as Treasurer of the Parish. 

Sec. 5. — Yestry Meetings in Certain Cases. — Should the 
Rector refuse to call a meeting of the Yestry, when, in the 
opinion of the Wardens or of a majority of the Yestry, such a 
meeting would be of importance, it shall be competent to the 
Wardens, or any three of the Yestry, to call one : Provided, 
that the Rector shall have due notice of the same. 

CANON XYL— Call of a Pastor. 

When there is no Rector, the Wardens and Yestry shall 
have power to call a Minister and to enter into all needful 
stipulations for his support. But if he prefer to rely upon the 
voluntary contributions of the people, he shall be entitled to 
do so ; and in such case the Yestry shall not have power to 
tax the sittings for that purpose without his consent. The 
Rector shall not have power to appoint a permanent Assistant 
without the consent of the Yestry. 

CONON XVII. — Legal Powers of the Vestry. 

The Vestry shall be the Trustees of the Parish ; shall have 
charge of all the secular concerns thereof ; shall hold the prop- 

Canons. 1 7 

erty belonging thereto, and shall be authorized to collect, in- 
vest or disburse its funds. 

CANON XYIII. — Dissolution of Parishes. 

In case of the dissolution of a Parish, the property belong- 
ing to the same shall vest in the Trustees of the Diocese, in 
trust for the interests of the Church in the said late Parish, 
and shall, upon the bona fide re-organization of said Parish? 
be re-conveyed to the same. 

CANON XIX. — Registration," Reports, &c. 

Sec. 1. — Private and Parish Registers.— It is hereby or- 
dered that each Clergyman of this Church shall keep a regis- 
ter of all the baptisms, marriages, confirmations and funerals 
solemnized by him, as well as of all the baptisms, marriages, 
confirmations and funerals within his Parish or cure, specify- 
ing the names of the persons in each iustance ; the ages and 
parentage of those baptized, with the names of their sponsors 
or witnesses, and the time when each rite is performed, which 
register shall be transcribed at least once in each month into 
a book to be kept for the purpose by the Vestry of the Parish. 

Sec. 2. — Lists of Communicants, &c. — It shall also be the 
duty of each Clergyman to keep a list of the Communicants 
within his cure, and, so far as practicable, of all the families 
and adult persons within the same, to remain for the use of 
his successor. 

Sec. 3. — Parochial Reports. — It shall be the duty of each 
Clergyman to report to the Bishop of the Diocese, by a form 
hereafter provided, on or before the first day of each Annual 
Convention, the number of baptisms, confirmations, marriages 
and deaths among the people of his charge, from the close of 
his last report to the 31st day of March in each year ; also, all 
such official acts a8 he may have performed within or without 
his cure, specifying in the latter case the place where perform- 
ed. He shall also report, so far as practicable, the number of 
baptized persons and the number of communicants within his 
cure, with the number of children receiving religious instruc- 



tion in Sunday Schools or Parochial Schools ; also the amount 
of contributions for Church purposes, as well as such other 
matters as may throw light upon the state of the Parish. To 
this report shall be appended, by the Treasurer of the Vestry, 
a separate statement of the amount promised, and that actually 
paid, as the salary of the Clergyman. 

[form.] * 


Of { Here insert name of) Parish, (Here insert location of.) 




Baptisms — Infant 





Baptized Persons (not Communicants) 

Sunday School Pupils 

Parochial School Pupils ... 

Communicants — Number last year 

Added by first communion 

" " removal 

Lost by death 

" " removal 

" " excommunication 

Total now 


Bishop's Salary and Convention Fund. . 

Diocesan Missions and Relief Fund 

Domestic Missions. . 

Foreign Missions 

Permanent Episcopal Fund 

Education Fimd 

Parochial objects (not including Rector' 
Other objects 




Salary promised to the Rector. 
Salary paid to the Rector. . . . 

-, Rector. 

-, Treasurer of the Vestry. 

Canons. 19 

g ec 4. — Reading of said Reports. — The said reports, or 
such parts of the same as the Bishop may deem fit, may be 
read in the Diocesan Convention, and shall be entered upon 
the journals thereof. 

Sec. 5. — If there be no Pastor. — In the case of a Parish 
without a Pastor, it shall be the duty of the Vestry to make 
the Parochial Report required by this Canon. 

g ec# 6 # — Communicants to be Reported. — In making the 
above Reports, all Communicants not suspended by action of 
a regular tribunal, or with their own consent, shall be included. 

CANON XX.— Salaries, Compensations, &c. 

Sec. 1. — The salary of the Bishop of the Diocese is hereby 
fixed, as heretofore, at two thousand five hundred dollars per 
annum ; to be paid by the Treasurer out of the funds in his 
hands for that purpose. 

Sec. 2. — Officers of the Convention, &g. — The Secretary, 
the Treasurer, the Clerical members of the Diocesan Conven- 
sion, and the members of the Standing Committee of the 
Diocese, in actual attendance upon the duly called meetings 
of the bodies to which they severally belong, shall be entitled 
to have their necessary expenses, incurred by such attendance, 
paid out of the funds of the Diocese ; and the Treasurer of 
the Diocese is hereby directed to pay the same upon the per- 
sonal application (by letter or otherwise) of said parties, ac- 
companied by a certificate of the amount actually and necces- 
sarily expended in each instance. 

Sec. 3. — Clerical Deputies. — Each Clerical Deputy to the 
General Convention, actually attending the same, shall be 
entitled to have his necessary expenses, incurred by such at- 
tendance, paid out of the funds of the Diocese. And the 
Treasurer is hereby directed to pay the same upon his appli- 

CANON XXI. — Collections for Diocesan Funds. 

Sec. 1. — It shall be the duty of every Clergyman of the 
Diocese to make collections monthly, if practicable — at least 

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quarterly — in the Parish or Parishes under his charge, in aid 
of the Current Missionary Fund of the Diocese ; and also to 
make collections in the same — at least once in each year — in 
aid of the Education Fund, the Church Building Fund, and 
the Relief Fund of the Diocese. 

Sec. 2. — It shall be the duty of the Clergyman, or of some 
proper officer of each Parish, to remit promptly to the Treas- 
urer of the Diocese the amounts collected as herein provided. 

CANON XXII. — Permanent Episcopal Fund. 

There shall be established, to aid in the support of the 
Bishop, a fund to be called the Permanent Episcopal Fund, 
to include all sums hitherto contributed specifically to that 
object, or which may hereafter be contributed, whereof the 
principal shall remain untouched, and only the interest be 
applied to the support of the Episcopate. 

And the Treasurer is hereby directed to add to the same, 
from time to time, all the surplus remaining from the amounts 
received by assessment or otherwise, for the support of the 
Episcopate and the contingent expenses of the Diocese, after 
payment of said Bishop's salary and contingent expenses. 

CANON XXIII. — Permanent Missionary Fund. 

Sec. 1. — When any funds shall be contributed or collected 
for a Permanent Missionary Fund, the amount shall be in- 
vested (as provided by Canon VII), and only the interest 
thereof shall be applied to current Missionary expenses. 

Sec. 2. — Any surplus which may remain from the amounts 
received for current Missionary expenses, whether by interest 
upon the permanent fund aforesaid, by assessment, or other- 
wise, after payment of such current Missionary expenses, shall 
be added to the permanent fund aforesaid. 

CANON XXIV. — Unappropriated Fcjnds. 

All permanent- and unappropriated funds belonging to the 
Diocese shall be invested by the Treasurer in some sate securi- 
ties, under the direction of the Trustees of the Diocese. 

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CANON XXV. — Clergy Liable to Missionary Duty. 

All Clergymen receiving aid from the Missionary funds of 
the Diocese shall be liable to perform regular Missionary duty, 
the sphere of which shall be fixed by the Bishop, and the 
amount by the Bishop and Missionary Committee. 

CANON XXVI.— Trial of Clergymen. 

Sec. 1. — The Presentment. — Any Clergyman shall be liable 
to presentment and trial, for false doctrine, immorality, dis- 
orderly conduct, violation of the rubrics, of the Constitution 
or Canons of the Church in the United States, or of the Con- 
stitution or Canons of the Church in this Diocese. 

Such presentment to be made by the Vestry of the Parish 
in which said Clergyman has charge, or in which he resides, 
or by at least three male Communicants of the Diocese of full 
age, or by two or more Presbyters, who shall have been canon- 
ically resident therein for one year. 

But no presentment shall be made in any case cf any offence 
alleged to have been committed mure than three years before 
the date of the presentment: provided, that if the accused be 
convicted of the alleged offence in a civil court, presentment 
may still be made within one year after said conviction. 

Said presentment shall be made to the Bishop, in writing, 
with the names of the presenters subscribed, and shall dis- 
tinctly declare, with all reasonable specification of time and 
circumstances, the nature of the offence or offences with which 
the said Clergyman may be charged. 

Sec. 2. — Public Rumor. — But although no such present- 
ment be made, if public rumm charge any Clergyman with 
the commission of any of the offences above enumerated, the 
Bishop shall appoint two or more Presbyters to investigate the 
truth of such rumor ; and if such investigation prove adverse 
to the Clergyman so charged, the said Presbyters shall make 
the presentment as abuve, according to the form and regula- 
tions there provided. 

The presenters shall, in all cases, assume the responsibility 
of conducting the prosecution. 

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Sec. 3. — Service of Presentment. — Constitution of 
Court. — Should the Bishop be of opinion, from the nature of the 
charge or charges made, that the presentment contains sufficient 
grounds for proceeding to trial, he shall cause a copy thereof 
to be forthwith sent to the accused. He shall then give notice 
to the Standing Committee, who thereupon shall select seven 
Presbyters, actually and canonically resident in the Diocese, 
from whom the President of the Standing Committee shall, in 
writing, call upon the accused to elect three. But in case the 
accused refuse or neglect to make such election within ten 
days after due notice as aforesaid, the Standing Committee 
shall make the said election. 

The three Presbyters so elected shall constitute a court for 
the trial of the accused, and shall have all powers necessary 
for the due conducting of the said trial. 

Sec. 4. — Lay Assessor. — The Bishop shall appoint a mem- 
ber of the legal profession, who shall also be a Communicant 
of the Church, as Assessor to the Court, to advise the Court, 
if requested, upon all questions of law which may arise during 
the trial. 

Sec. 5. — Time and Place of Trial, and Notice Thereof. — 
The Bishop shall appoint a time and place of trial, and shall 
give at least thirty days' notice of the same to the members of 
the Court, the Assessor, the Presenters, and the Accused ; at 
which time and place the Witnesses also shall be notified to 

Sec. 6. — Assembling of Court and Kecord of Proceed- 
ings. — The Court shall assemble at the time and place ap- 
pointed, and shall proceed to examine fully the charges ; and 
shall keep an accurate record of all their proceedings and of 
the evidence. 

Sec. 7.— Nature of Evidence and How Given. — No charge 
shall be considered as established, unless proved by two wit- 
nesses, or by one witness and corroborating circumstances. 

Testimony may be given orally before the Court, or in wri- 
ting, upon interrogatories and cross-interrogatories — to be pre- 
viously filed with the Secretary or registrar of the Court. Any 

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one or more of the witnesses may be examined on oath or af- 
firmation, on the requisition of either party. 

Sec. 8. — Decision of the Court and the Sentence. — A 
unanimous vote of the Court, on one or more of the charges, 
shall be necessary to the conviction of the accused ; and if 
their decision be adverse to the accused they shall proceed to 
determine the kind and degree of punishment commensurate, 
in their opinion, with the offence or offences committed. They 
shall transmit to the Bishop, under their hand, the record of 
their proceedings. The judgment of the Bishop on such de- 
cision shall be final — except that he shall have no power to 
increase the punishment recommended by the Court. 

Sec. 9. Suspension, or any heavier sentence, shall, ipso facto, 
sever the connection of the clergyman with his Parish. 

Sec. 10. The Record to be Filed. — The Record provided 
for in the sixth section of this Canon, together with the Bish- 
op's sentence endorsed, shall be preserved among the papers 
of the Diocese. 

Sec. 11. — Notices.- — For the purpose of any notice provided 
for by this Canon, it shall be sufficient to serve it either person- 
ally or by leaving a copy thereof at the last place of residence 
of the accused. 

Sec. 12. — Confession of an Offence. — When a Clergyman 
shall make confession to the Bishop of the commission of any 
of the offences enumerated in the first section of this Canon, 
the Bishop shall proceed to inflict such ecclesiastical censure, 
or punishment upon the Clergyman so confessing, as he (the 
Bishop) shall think right. 

Sec. 13. — Renunciation of False Doctrine. — In the case 
of any accusation of false doctrine, a renunciation of the same 
to the satisfaction of the Bishop shall stay all farther proceed- 

CANON XXVII. — Journals of Convention. 

The Secretary shall, each year, preserve thirty copies of the 
Journal for the use of the members of the next ensuing Con- 


I. Upon the day appointed, the Convention shall assemble 
at 10, A. M., for the purpose of organization. The Presiding 
Officer shall call the Convention to order, and cause the Roll 
to be called ; whereupon, should a quorum be present, the 
Convention shall be declared organized. 

II. After Morning Prayer the Convention shall proceed to 
the election of a President and a Secretary. 

III. The Convention shall elect a Treasurer, after the Re- 
port of the Committee of Finance. 

IV. All Committees shall be appointed by the President 
unless otherwise ordered. 

Y. The regular Committees shall be — 

The Committee on the State of the Church, 

to consist ot five persons. 
The Committee on Elections, 
The Committee on New Parishes, 
The Committee on Unfinished Business, 
to consist each of three. 
The said Committees shall be appointed at as early a period 
in the session as may be practicable. 

VI. The order of business shall be as follows : 
The Bishop's Address. 
Communications from the President. 
Reports from The Committee on Elections. 

The Committee on New Parishes. 

Parochial Reports. 

Standing Committee's Report. 

Committees appointed at the last Convention. 

Treasurer's Report. 

Finance Committee. 

Committee on Canons. 

Committee on Unfinished Business. 

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Reports from Committee on the State of the Church. 
Other Special Committees. 
Petitions and Memorials. 
Motions and Resolutions. 

VII. After the President has taken the Chair, no member 
shall continue standing, except to address the Chair. 

VIII. Speakers shall address the Chair, and shall confine 
themselves to the point in debate. 

IX. No motion shall be considered unless seconded, and, if 
required, reduced to writing. 

X. When the President is putting any question, the mem- 
bers shall continue in their seats, and shall not hold any pri- 
vate discourse. 

XI. When a question is under consideration, no motion 
shall be received, unless to lay upon the table, to postpone to 
a certain time, to postpone indefinitely, to commit, to amend, 
or to divide ; and motions for any of these purposes shall have 
precedence in the order herein named. The motions to lay on 
the table and to adjourn shall always be in order, and shall be 
decided without debate ; and of these the motion to adjourn 
shall take precedence. 

XII. If the question under debate contains several distinct 
propositions, the same shall be divided at the request of any 
member, and a vote taken separately, except that a motion to 
strike out and insert shall be indivisible. 

XIII. All amendments shall be considered in the order in 
which they are moved. 

When a proposed amendment is under consideration, a 
motion to amend the same may be made. No after amend- 
ment to such second amendment shall be in order. But when 
an amendment to an amendment is under consideration, a sub- 
stitute to the whole matter may be received. No proposition 
on a subject different from the one under consideration shall 
be received under color of a substitute. 

XIV. A question once decided shall stand as the judgment 
of the Convention, and shall not be drawn again into debate. 
A motion to reconsider any vote shall not be in order, except 

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on the same or succeeding day to that on which the vote is 
taken : Provided always, that a vote or question may be re- 
considered at any time by the consent of two-thirds of the 
Convention : Provided, further , that no motion to reconsider 
shall be made on the last day of the Convention, except on a 
vote or question originally taken on that day. 

XV. The Reports of all Committees shall be in writing, and 
shall be received of course, and without motion for acceptance, 
unless recommitted. All reports recommending or requiring 
any action or expression of opinion by the Convention shall 
be accompanied by a corresponding resolution. 

XVI. All questions of order shall be decided by the chair 
without debate, but any member may appeal from such de- 
cision. And on such appeal no member shall speak more than 
once without leave. 

XVII. No member shall be absent from the Sessions of the 
Convention without leave, or unless he be unable to attend. 

XVIII. When the Convention is about to rise, every mem- 
ber shall keep his seat until the President leaves the Chair. 

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